Warriors in search of backup point guard

Warriors in search of backup point guard
May 28, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Free agent point guard Steve Blake is coming off a contract that paid him roughly $4 million per season. (AP)

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Though they were mostly pleased with the work of Steve Blake, acquired at the trade deadline, the Warriors continue to explore options in search of a point guard to play behind All-Star Stephen Curry.

One target under consideration, according to multiple reports, is Knicks guard Toure' Murry, who showed flashes of potential in limited play as a rookie last season.

The Warriors are among several teams said to be interested in Murry, who at 6-foot -5, also has the skills to play off-guard.

New York likely will make a qualifying offer to Murry, making him a restricted free agent and preserving the right to match any offer from another team.

Meanwhile, the Knicks reportedly are interested in Blake, a free agent coming off a contract that paid a reported $4 million per season. That deal, however, was signed when Blake joined the Lakers in 2010, with the expectation he would start.

Blake, 34, knows he won't start for the Warriors. But he said he enjoyed the team he joined on Feb. 19 and was very open to the possibility of returning.

That will be tested by the kind of contract Blake could command on the free agent market. The Warriors are not likely to overpay for a backup.

A team like New York might be willing to ante up for Blake. Knicks basketball chief Phil Jackson is a big fan of Blake and by all accounts is expected to trade incumbent starter Raymond Felton, thereby opening competition at point guard.

In any case, should Blake depart the Warriors will be employing their fourth backup point guard in less than two years, going from Jarrett Jack to Toney Douglas to Blake to the new acquisition.